Fall Winter 2015 Trend Teaser from Design Options

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From Design Options, a fabulous CA-based color forecasting company: a preview of upcoming trends for the Autumn / Winter 2015-2016 season. Just a little taste of what’s to come for women, men, kids and home…

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Browsing Colette

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Random bits from a perusal through Colette, the tony Parisian shop known for their unabashed urbanity and cheeky “camp-meets-couture” style.

Air of Paris Candle, €30

Air of Paris Candle, €30

Sacai Sweater, 595

Sacai Sweater, €595

Ice Cream Notebook

CHOUX A LA CREME ice cream notebook, €15

Charlotte Olympia Court Shoes, €670

Charlotte Olympia Court Shoes, €670

Vanina "un peu" bracelet, €38

Vanina “un peu” bracelet, €38

If This Is House I want My Money Back CD, €19

If This Is House I want My Money Back CD, €19

SELIMA X PAMELA LOVE sunglasses, €280

SELIMA X PAMELA LOVE sunglasses, €280

Shrimps Clutch, €225

Shrimps Clutch, €225

Smartbulle Umbrella, €10

Smartbulle Umbrella, €10

Dandy Wooden Cube, €50

Dandy Wooden Cube, €50

 Set of 10 carambars, €2.50

Set of 10 carambars, €2.50

Bambi Chair, €585

Bambi Chair, €585

Causse Gloves, €325

Causse Gloves, €325

 

 

 

 

Note to Self

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This is a lovely video of folks giving advice to their younger self. Ah, yes, 18. I remember it well. And how I wished I would’ve somehow gotten a few choice words of wisdom from my current (somewhat more seasoned @ life in general) vantage point. So… what would you say to your 18 year-old self?

Today’s Track – Flying, Faces

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Listening to this track, it’s hard to believe it’s almost 45 years old. (Even as I type that, I’m thinking something must be wrong with my math?) It still sounds reasonably current to me, despite Rod Stewart’s distinctive vocals and a 70’s era guitar riff. Plus, it’s a perfect anthem for today as I finish packing stuffing my bright orange suitcase for a long-overdue vacation that begins tomorrow! Flying by Faces from the album First Step, 1970.

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Go with Grace

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I’m beginning the frenzied process of packing for my trip to France. To be clear, I make this much, much more difficult than it has to be – but I want what I want when I want it and have a finite amount of space. So compromises must be made. And unmade. And made again. Until only the strong survive. And then I saw this image:

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Now, that looks easy enough, right? Surely that’s all I’ll really need in the South of France. (I will not be packing a yellow bicycle, much as that seems pleasingly eccentric to me.) Of course, I will need some jeans… and a sweater for chilly nights… and some scarves… and – oh bother. Back to the drawing board.

Putting all that foolishness aside for now, I’d rather celebrate said artist of the inspiring visual packing list shown above. Grace Lee is a freelance illustrator from Sydney, Australia, who is currently based in Tokyo, Japan. Her work includes illustrations for Isetan, Beams, as well as Figaro, FRaU, Numero, The Ritz-Carlton, Papier Mache, and Stella magazines. I love her delicate, friendly style; it makes me happy.

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Aussie Awesomesauce

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Southwood Home is a Melbourne-based furniture and homewares store that focuses on local, natural, organic and fair trade products. They carry a lot of fabulous local brands like Ample, Armadillo, Bemboka, Bonnie & Neil, Skin & Threads, Tide and Uimi as well as international brands like Amy Sia, Imogen Heath and Hey Sign. I adore their modern, optimistic sensibility, punctuated with playful colors and simple forms.

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Oh, Olivia!

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Love this project by Sydney-based designer Olivia King. “Trigonometry is a concept packaging project that looks at the how an increasing demand for a greater user experience and interaction with a product can be met through a thoughtful design approach. Focussing first on establishing a bright and engaging visual identity for this idea, I also wanted to explore the way that an app can allow for a fully unique creation of an item that is tailored to the customer’s personal preferences – from colour, shape and material – and in doing so, elevate the value of the customer’s role in both the brand and its product.” Gorgeous!

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Spring Summer 2015 Fashion Color Trends from Fashion Snoops

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A refreshing look at color trends for next spring from Fashion Snoops, a global resource for style-related insights into the fashion industry. Today I’m sharing the color stories they’re forecasting in womenswear for the Spring/Summer 2015 season.

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A Few of my Favorite Things

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Today, I’m celebrating my birthday. Which means I’ve taken the day off (as I have throughout my entire career), to lunch with my most devoted reader (of course, that would be my mom). She’s been asking me what I want for my birthday, and the only thing that comes to mind is one of her delicious home cooked meals. However, we’re going to poke around Anthropologie this afternoon and I get to pick out a treasure! Hmm… what will it be? (See something you love too? As always, click to shop!)

Glimmer Dipped Journal, $24

Glimmer Dipped Journal, $24

Faceted Gem Vases, $14 - $38

Faceted Gem Vases, $14 – $38

Honeycomb Mug, $12

Honeycomb Mug, $12

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Shade Grown Coaster, $8

Ballad Stripe Notebook, $10

Ballad Stripe Notebook, $10

Canyon Planters, $15 - $54

Canyon Planters, $15 – $54

Garden Patch Soap Bar, $8

Garden Patch Soap Bar, $8

Go Be Lovely Rollerball Perfume, $14

Go Be Lovely Rollerball Perfume, $14

Tumbling Fruits Dishtowel, $16

Tumbling Fruits Dishtowel, $16

Big Cat Reading Glasses, $48

Big Cat Reading Glasses, $48

Paria Glimmer Glasses Case, $22

Paria Glimmer Glasses Case, $22

Dotted Giardini Infinity Scarf, $38

Dotted Giardini Infinity Scarf, $38

Just Pickled Candle Tin, $14

Just Pickled Candle Tin, $14

Veld Bib Necklace, $48

Veld Bib Necklace, $48

Gold Bar Dotted iPhone 5 back up battery, $38

Gold Bar Dotted iPhone 5 back up battery, $38

Ceramics in Black & White

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Simple. Elegant. Modern. That’s how I’d describe these lovely ceramics by Wakaka Senda, an artisan based in Okayama, Japan. She says of her work,

As I love both cooking and eating, food is always in my thoughts. My times eating, drinking and chatting with dear family and friends provide the deep colors of my life experience. This is why I try to create pieces that can reflect a cook’s wishes. I want my pieces to get close to the user’s feelings.

Dot Tube Shape Mug, $40

Dot Tube Shape Mug, $40

Black Marble Tea Bowl, $70

Black Marble Tea Bowl, $70

Two Tone Striped Tea Cup, $36

Two Tone Striped Tea Cup, $36

Black Marble Ceramic Tea Bowl, $111

Black Marble Ceramic Tea Bowl, $111

Cafe au lait bowl with spot, $37

Cafe au lait bowl with spot, $37

Paper Weight Fig, $35

Paper Weight Fig, $35

Black marble green tea bowl, $78

Black marble green tea bowl, $78

Today’s Track – After You, Chastity Brown

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I usually don’t lean towards folksy fare, musically (well, any kinda way, actually…). But on a perfect summer day like today, this can’t be resisted. A danceable ditty with a bluesy beat to get your toes tapping. After You by Chastity Brown from the album Back-Road Highways, 2012.

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